MOSAIC Festival is thrilled to welcome the event’s most ambitious line up to date. With more than 20 acts from 15 cultural traditions, MOSAIC 2013 promises to be packed with incredible music and dance throughout the day.
Greensboro is proud to welcome the “King of Bubu” Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang headlining this year on the main stage all the way from Brooklyn. Nabay’s infectious bubu style quickly won dedicated fans across Sierra Leone, where his records sold in the tens of thousands, blasting from local boom boxes across the country. Singing in Sierra Leone’s lingua franca, Krio, as well as his native tribal Temne, English, and Arabic, Nabay considers his work, then and now, a letter to Sierra Leoneans, a call for them to remember the roots of their culture. Janka Nabay goes on at 4pm and will be playing a longer set at the Blind Tiger’s “MOSAIC After Dark” show starting at 10 pm. Catch both sets and you won’t be sorry.
Born to Trinidadian and Puerto Rican parents, Ricardo Diquez fell in love with the music and dance that filled his home as a child and has been performing himself for over twenty years. He will be performing at MOSAIC with the Tropic Orchestra, a lively Caribbean dance band featuring musicians from Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico and the US that has grown widely popular across NC. Ricardo Diquez and the Tropic Orchestra will hit the main stage at 5:45 pm – come ready to dance!
With soulful melodies embedded in the polyrhythm of Africa, dub Addis hails from the horn of Africa, Ethiopia. Led by Singer-songwriter Dereje Tesfaye, dub Addis has been performing original songs for the last decade. dub Addis’s songs vary from traditional Ethiopian rhythms to Roots Reggae. They have shared stages with Hugh Masekela, The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Culture, Arrested Development, Morgan Heritage, Buju Banton, Vieux Farka Toure and more. Find dub Addis at 2:30 pm & opening later that night at the Blind Tiger.
Closing out the night with a 7:15 pm set on the main stage are local favorites The Brand New Life. The eight-piece band has become recognized as one of the Southeast’s top Afrobeat groups, sharing the stage with world-renowned all-stars such as Nigerian Afrobeat royalty Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and American Afrobeat collective Antibalas. With an adventurous original repertoire, the band avoids being classified as purely Afrobeat by drawing on a number of musical influences including New Orleans jazz and indie rock. The result is a rousing, danceable melting pot of sound, powered by fierce polyrhythm and forceful horns that can be heard on their self-titled album (2010) and recently released single Gigs/$$$.
Joining these amazing artists is a full day of music and dance with sets throughout on two stages. Look for:
Belly Dance Troupe Three Graces on the main stage at 1pm!
DoDream Korean Drums
Bhutanese Dance by Binita, Pyrinka and Chhaii & Shriya Acharya
Children’s Dances from Venezuela and Mexico
Bollywood Dance by Damali & Dumanis
Indian Harmonium by Rajen Sukhadia
Sao Lao – Traditional Lao Dance
Congolese Gospel by AWA Boboto
Korean String Music
Flamenco by World Dance Exchange